Substance Abuse Prevention


The Human Services' Prevention Programs work to build strong youth, families, schools and communities by coordinating services that support healthy youth development, improve family functioning, and build community.

Prevention activities and programs, whether provided directly by the county Prevention Program or by subcontractors of Whatcom County Health Department, are designed to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors.  By reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors, the likelihood that adolescents will participate in drug use or experience other negative behaviors can be reduced.  In similar fashion, prevention services have focused on reducing or mitigating the impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), of or which can be found at